Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Friday, December 30, 2011
What are a few things you learned this year?
That classic, well-made woven shirts work with EVERYTHING! I incorporated a classic white oxford into all of my looks, it was the best thing I’ve ever done.
I’m known for fusing tailored clothing with vintage pieces to keep things sharp but relaxed, I like pieces that have a story. But working with great tailors has inspired me to go more tailored next year; custom suits, shirts, and footwear with a respectful splash. I’m building a suit closet, a suit for every occasion! Â IÂ want to master the balance: show up to a ball game in a suit looking completely appropriate. Â
Also, I want to plan things out more than I had before. I’m really impulsive, so my goal is to approach new experiences with a plan in mind.
Thursday, December 29, 2011
I’m going to wear total white with a sculptural twist; like a white sheet ready to be filled with ideas, concepts, and graphics.
Shape and volume are the essence of my style. Iâm currently working on a handbag collection and thinking: clean, sharp, well proportioned, elegant but easy. Iâm building it from zero. Â I create 3D white paper prototypes when developing a new style, so that’s it: all white and architectural!
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
How will you mix things up in the year ahead?
Iâm excited to trade in my fluorescent colors for pastels; pale yellow coats with white collars, rounded skirts,Â and toweringÂ wedges.Â Itâs time to feel fresh and beautifulÂ like aÂ flower! Â I’m not so into labels, but those steel toe shoes in Louis Vuittons’s spring collection are made for a confident woman walking toward her goals…
This year I also want to experiment with my dark side and wear oversized BoyÂ LondonÂ print sweaters, Doc Martens, and white socks; a bit of 80âs punk!
Any successful style experiments that you’ll carry into 2012?
I wanted a 60âs look, but never knew the result would be so great to wear every day! Â I experimented with high-waisted bell-bottom trousers and silk tops. Â I like trousers in autumn shades mixed with round collar shirts in nude… I ended up with an entire collection of them. Â Those collars are actually very fashionable right now!
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
How has New York influenced your style?
I donât think I wore high heels before I moved to New York, now I wear them about five or six days a week!
Which designer would you hire to design your wardrobe?
Miuccia Prada. I would wear Prada and Miu Miu every day of my life! I love bold printsâ she masters them while designing equally strong basics and accessories.
Who else designs great prints?
Laure Heriard Dubreuil has amazing style and a very covetable wardrobe.Â Sheâs always wearing the coolest designer clothes and not looking too precious or polished. The Russian girls have a refreshing take on fashion; I love Mira Duma, Vika Gazinskaya, and Anya Ziourovaâs style. Giovanna Battaglia is never wrong. The list is endlessâŠ
Thursday, December 22, 2011
It was actually at Abercrombie! Â I learned how to style outfits for customers. Thankfully, when my interest in that store died my passion for styling lived on.Â Now Iâm a fashion stylist.
Whatâs the most daring thing youâve ever worn?
I wore a black garbage bag as a head wrap once. I thought it looked really great at the time!
Which part of your look have you experimented with recently?
My hair is pretty fun. Itâs blonde now, but sometimes I add a little pink. It was red for a while, but I love wearing red… so that didnât work out very well.
Next I think i’ll dye the front green and the back pink, maybe a streak of blue.
I would say early Lisa Bonet, she was so funky.Â I have an image where sheâs wearing this top hat, it looks as if she just tossed it on, so it doesn’t look crazy.
She was fearless with everything; her blazers and brooches, the way she tied her hair… even her makeup colors!
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
First job in New York?
When I moved here I needed a job, so I just went around to all the places I really liked: Seize sur Vingt, Paul Stuart, Peter Elliot, Oxford Clothes. Seize was the first to call me back. They were on Elizabeth Street, and sort of the cool downtown tailor. Â I opened Miller’s Oath about a year ago, I really love it. We specialize in bespoke tailoring, but make everything from shirts to scarves to ties.
When was your eye for tailoring taken to another level?
When I was at Paul Stuart (which was the opposite of Seize), I worked with the great Cliff Grodd.Â He pre-dated Ralph and all the others. He had an eye for detail and taste level that were insane. I would join his meetings, which was pretty unheard of. The man could plow through 300 swatches in 20 minutes, thatâs an eye for detail.
Whose style do you admire?
My father. Heâs really stylish, I guess some things rubbed off.Â When I opened the shop he was the only one I could trust to run it. Â He would come from Minneapolis to work for 5 days if I had to travel.
Which shoes do you always wear?
My brother Derrick and I decided to make shoes and started Barker Black, which he is still running. I wear these a lot.Â Otherwise I wear well-made shoes like John Lobb and Paul Stuart.Â My dad was sort of an influence, because he has a lot of English shoes and loves English everything.
What are some other great English shoes?
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Eye Reporter for WWDâ I write about culture. Itâs the paper of record, so you have to think fast.
Most recent âmust haveâ?
Well, I bought my first real hat.Â Weâll call it a gateway hat.Â Weirdly, I saw it in Kiki de Montparnasse (there are unexpected treasures everywhere).Â ButâŠ I didnât buy it there. Turns out Veronique, the beautiful milliner who designed it is my Bond St. neighbor!Â So, I went to her studio in the basement of the Bond 07 by Selima shop, and voila!
Whatâs the most daring thing youâve worn?
Others find things I wear more daring than I do, even when I wear Mark Fast (risky business). Â I always dress around proportions and often highlight my legs, neck, and shoulders.Â The balance of exposure is sexy and natural.
What about the hot pants you wore to fashion week?
I was wearing my motherâs Chanel jacket in that photo.Â If I wore it with pants I would look like, well, my mother! But if it hadnât been fashion week, I probably would not have worn the heels.
So, what do you consider daring?
Some people wear really bold things every day. To be ‘daring’, you can’t be too comfortable, you have to take risks.
Bianca Jagger wearing a YSL le smoking in the 70′s… I think this had more of a ‘shock’ element. I don’t dress to ‘shock’ anybody, really.
Monday, December 19, 2011
Friday, December 16, 2011